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Texas Teen Abortion Rate Rises

Jul 14, 2017

After seeing research results provided by Texas A&M University, economics professor Analisa Packham (now at Miami University) Republicans may want to reconsider trying to defund Planned Parenthood as part of an overall effort to limit abortion in America.

In 2011 Texas Republicans cut family planning clinics funding and shut down more than 80 women’s health clinics. Professor Packham’s study shows a 3 percent increase in the abortion rate among Texas teenagers since 2011.

Ironically, the opposite happened to what the then-Gov. Rick Perry (R) said his “goal” was to “ban abortions and continue to pass laws to ensure abortions are as rare as possible under existing law.”

According to Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper, an OB-GYN in Maryland and an advocate with Physicians for Reproductive Health, she stated “This certainly isn’t the way to have fewer abortions.” And, “abortion rates nationally have decreased and are at a historic low. So for Texans to see an increase in adolescent abortions is really telling ― it seemed to have followed the national trend until these clinics were defunded.” Texas Teen abortion rate rises

75 percent of teen pregnancies are unintended. They are sexually active yet they do not fully internalize the expected cost of their decision to have children “too often” from a social welfare standpoint. Teen motherhood is associated with poor life outcomes including low graduate rates, poverty, low wages and dependence on government services.

Studies show that 40 percent of unintended pregnancies end in abortion, so cutting access and affordability to birth control is not the way to reduce the number of abortions.

President Trump and the Republicans in control of Congress plan on “defunding” Planned Parenthood nationwide. This would cause 15% of women, including teens in rural areas to lose access to family planning care entirely, which in turn would lead to much more unplanned pregnancies and likely more abortions.

“If you’re serious about trying to reduce the number of abortions, the best way to do that is to make family planning more widely available.” – Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)